06 September 2020 00:41
Hours before his UFC on ESPN+ 34 fight, Kelleher (21-11 MMA, 5-4 UFC), has encountered his third opponent change in the past two weeks. With Kevin Natividad being removed from the matchup for undisclosed reasons, Kelleher will now take on Dana White's Contender Series alumnus Ray Rodriguez at featherweight. Natividad (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) partook in Thursday's UFC on ESPN+ 34 virtual media day from his hotel room instead of the multi-purpose room the rest of the fighters streamed from. Prior to the Natividad booking, Kelleher (21-11 MMA, 5-4 UFC) was scheduled to fight Ricky Simon. As for Rodriguez (16-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC), the Texas-based fighter will make his promotional debut on a little over 48 hours' notice.
UFC on ESPN+ 34 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The event streams on ESPN+. The current UFC on ESPN+ 34 lineup includes: Augusto Sakai Alonzo Menifield vs. Ovince Saint Preux Zelim Imadaev vs. Michel Pereira Brian Kelleher vs.
Legendary striker Alistair Overeem (46-18) highlights the card and will face Augusto Sakai (15-1-1) in the main event. GET IT HERE AND GET STARTED ON THE ROAD TO BEING ABLE TO WATCH UFC FIGHT NIGHT--It's a big matchup for Overeem, 40, who still talks of UFC title aspirations. He's coming off an impressive TKO win over Walt Harris at UFC on ESPN 8 in May, and has won three of his last four. The fight will air exclusively on ESPN Plus with the main card beginning at 8 p.m. The prelims are slated for 6 p.m. and will also air on ESPN Plus. The co-main event will feature Sijara Eubanks (6-4) taking on Karol Rosa (13-3) in a women's bantamweight bout.
The seven-fight main card is literally the entire card and will kick off at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ESPN+. We are only doing play-by-play for the main event. 21 years and 65 fights after his debut, Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem is showing no sign of slowing down and can take a giant step towards another UFC heavyweight title shot if he gets past Augusto Sakai in Las Vegas. And after three knockout wins in his last four fights, 40-year-old Overeem has emerged as a significant dark horse in the heavyweight championship picture. Also on rt.com 'Holy sh*t!': UFC boss Dana White reacts as Alistair Overeem suffers HORRIFIC cut in last-gasp KO loss at UFC DC (GRAPHIC) A repeat of those feats late on Saturday night inside the UFC's Apex facility against the 15-1-1 Sakai would come close to equaling his best run since joining the UFC - and perhaps force the hand of UFC matchmakers to usher him into what would be his second shot at the sport's most prestigious heavyweight prize. The Dutchman's last title shot, in September 2016 against Stipe Miocic, was ultimately ended by some vicious ground strikes by the American fighter 33 seconds before the end of the first round, but not before Overeem dropped Miocic early in the fight and threatened with a guillotine choke submission. The very fact that Overeem is being talked up as a potential world title challenger speaks to the staying power of the sport's most experienced top-level heavyweight. A much-vaunted UFC debut saw him decimate Brock Lesnar in the first round of a fight in 2011. The next UFC title bout is almost certainly locked in, with Francis Ngannou (who holds a win against Overeem) almost certain to get a second opportunity against Miocic - but with the recent addition of Jon Jones to the heavyweight fold, Overeem would seem appear to be an ideal test for the debuting, long-time light heavyweight standard-bearer. A hypothetical win for Overeem against Jones - who has never tasted legitimate defeat in the Octagon - would significantly boost his title candidacy in the twilight of his career, and while there remains a lot of work to do for this to become even close to reality - we should know by now to never count Alistair Overeem out. UFC Fight Night, headlined by the main event featuring Alistair Overeem vs. Augusto Sakai in a UFC heavyweight bout, takes place on Saturday, September 5, 2020 (9/5/20) at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET, while the preliminary fights begin at 6 p.m. ET. The entire event will be broadcast on ESPN+. ESPN is the exclusive home of UFC in the United States. A majority of the promotions events are broadcast on ESPN+. What: UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Main Event: Alistair Overeem vs. Where: UFC Apex Main Card Time: 8 p.m. ET Below is the entire line-up for UFC Fight Night: Main Card (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+) Augusto Sakai, heavyweight Hunter Azure, bantamweight